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Faith, Works, and an Un-Burdensome Lent

The Christian High Holy days are just about upon us again, a time when Catholics and some Protestants pause for a bit of a spiritual self-assessment over a 40-day period called Lent. Today is Shrove Tuesday, "pancake day" or Mardi-Gras, however you choose to look at it. A kick off celebration of excess before we… Continue reading Faith, Works, and an Un-Burdensome Lent

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Hatch, Or Go Bad

The ter­ri­ble thing, the almost impos­si­ble thing, is to hand over your whole self — all your wish­es, and pre­cau­tions — to Christ. But it is far eas­i­er than what we are try­ing to do instead. For what we are try­ing to do is remain what we call ​“our­selves,” to keep per­son­al hap­pi­ness as our great aim in life, and… Continue reading Hatch, Or Go Bad

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The Winds of Persecution

But our goal as Christians should be to stay detached from the frantic demand that everything be ramped up into a frantic crisis. I distinguish here a real crisis from a frantic crisis. These frantic crises are the handles on the hand basket in which we are all being carted off to the Bad Place.… Continue reading The Winds of Persecution

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Divinely Upheld

Happy 2021 friends near and far! It's been awhile since I've been here, work and life the past few months have been quite something! One of my desires for January was to get re-engaged on here, and there's certainly no shortage of material to talk about. The new year seems to be bringing a touch… Continue reading Divinely Upheld

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Our Cultural Moment

I came across a wonderful post on Instagram today from a solid Christian lady who is out there walking her talk. I just love that in a person, don't you? This little post is an encouragement and a reminder that while we find ourselves in ridiculously ridiculous times, we who claim Christ have a joyful… Continue reading Our Cultural Moment

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Rebellion

I have gone out of my way to be provocative, mischievous, and unclear, reflecting my belief that clarity is sometimes overrated, and that shock, obscurity, playfulness, and intrigue (carefully articulated) often stimulate more thought than clarity. There is great danger in the quest to be right.Brian McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy Yesterday I pondered the idea… Continue reading Rebellion

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Wide-Path Walkers

"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God."Colossians 3:1-3 I'm pondering… Continue reading Wide-Path Walkers

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Brave New World Full of Fear

After reading a few articles yesterday regarding all the new rules and regulations in place for school, vacations, life in general... I thought to myself... I am not going to do very well in this brave new world that is being created. Kind of tongue-in-cheek, but also deadly serious, the arbitrary-ness of it all is… Continue reading Brave New World Full of Fear

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Shuddered Churches, Open Anarchy

Another weekend has passed, another Sunday, day one hundred and something since we were told to hunker down and stay out of church. Here in our neck of the woods, our church is still closed. Privately, we've gotten together with friends for some backyard worship, we've of course done things on our own in our… Continue reading Shuddered Churches, Open Anarchy

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Rebellious Songs

There's a reason the enemy doesn't want you to sing, and that's because it glorifies God and it changes you. What you sing is what you reflect on. Singing is meditation. Singing is worship. Songs get "stuck" inside of you. Songs move you in one direction or the other. Worship is warfare. A singing people… Continue reading Rebellious Songs